Here's the catalogue record for Curtis's cylinders at the Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) at Indiana University (Bloomington):
Author/Composer,etc: Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952.
Title: [United States, Western States and Canada, British
Columbia, North American Indians, 1907-1913] [sound
recording] / collected by Edward S. Curtis.
Physical description: 276 cylinders : 160 rpm, coarse groove, mono. ; 2 1/8
in. x 4 1/4 in. + documentation
Performer: Performed by various native musicians.
Recording info.: Recorded by Curtis and possibly others in British
Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New
Mexico, South Dakota and possibly other locations from
Notes: North American Indian songs and music.
Notes: Accompanied by item description sheets and references.
Notes: Indexed in Dorothy Sara Lee, Native North American
Music and Oral Data (I.U. Press, 1979) and Indiana
University, Bloomington, Archives of Traditional
Music, Early Field Recordings (I.U. Press, 1987).
Local note: Additional documentation in archival box in vault.
Local note: scy 1--279; EC 10" 263--273.11; ATL (old copy)
1451--1471; ATL 8689--8694
Summary: Includes music of the following North American Indian
groups: Clayoquot, Cowichan, Haida, Hesquiat, and
Kwakiutl in B.C.; Arapaho, Cheyenne, Cochiti, Crow,
Klikitat, Kutenai, Nez Percé, Salish, Shoshoni,
Snohomish, Wishram, Yakima, Acoma, Arikara, Hidatsa,
Makah, Mandan, Paloos, Piegan, Tewa (San Ildefonso,
San Juan, Tesuque, Nambé), and possibly Dakota,
Clallam, Twana, Colville and Nespelim in the western
Partial contents: Medicine songs -- War songs -- Children's songs --
Lullabies --Healing songs -- Sun dance songs -- Grass
dance songs -- Hand game songs --Gambling songs --
Ghost dance songs -- Bear dance songs -- Myth songs
--Buffalo dance songs -- Scalp dance songs -- Various
ceremonial songs -- Others (too numerous to mention).
B-ATM CALL NUMBER
COPY MATERIAL LOCATION
1)57-014-F ATL 19516--19526
Marilyn Graf is the Archivist. Email: atmusic (at) Indiana.edu
Archivist, Resource Centre
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From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Hugh Paterson III
Sent: July-05-13 1:06 AM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Edward Curtis recordings on cylinder
A a Linguist I am interested in these recordings and if the host archive participates in http://www.language-archives.org/
- hugh paterson
On Jul 3, 2013, at 11:36 PM, David Lewis wrote:
> I suspect what's left of the Curtis cylinder collection is at Indiana
> University, unless some have landed in the Folklife Collection at LoC.
> Curtis' effects have shown up in various places, though mainly in
> California. I suspect that he donated the cylinders during his
> lifetime. However, that collection is one of IU's preservation poster
> children. It has fallen prey to chemical decomposition and I can't say
> how much of it is still conservable. Perhaps someone on this list who
> is closer to the collection could report.
> Uncle Dave Lewis
> Cincinnati, OH
> On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM, Chris Bishop <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>wrote:
>> Edward Curtis, best known as a photographer of native Americans "made
>> 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Indian language and music"
>> according to Wikipedia. Do these recordings survive, and are any
>> available to the public, or, more conveniently, online?
>> Chris Bishop